How to Make Teriyaki Chicken

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How to Make Teriyaki Chicken. Teriyaki chicken is a simple way to add a little spice and flavor to dinner. Best of all, you don't have to buy teriyaki sauce when you can make it at home from common ingredients. Teriyaki sauce is easy to make and it can be used to transform simple chicken into a succulent, salty and sweet delicacy.

Things You'll Need

  • Chicken
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine or cooking sherry
  • Brown sugar
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 1

Pick out the kind of chicken that you want. You can fry, bake or grill teriyaki chicken, making it a versatile meal. Chicken breasts, thighs or tenders are easy to cook and work great with the teriyaki sauce. You can also get chicken wings and use the sauce to make teriyaki wings.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 2

Combine the soy sauce, rice wine and brown sugar in a saucepan. There are not exact proportions of how much of each ingredient to use, but a 2:1:1 ratio is a good place to start, with two parts soy sauce, one part rice wine and one part brown sugar. Adjust the amount of each ingredient to taste.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 3

Warm the ingredients on low heat until the sugar dissolves, stirring regularly. Remove the sauce from heat and let it cool.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 4

Pierce the chicken using a fork, pour most of the teriyaki sauce over the chicken and let it marinade for a while. You do not have to marinade it for a long time, only 30 minutes or so, but the longer you marinade will cause a richer, deeper teriyaki flavor in your chicken.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 5

Cook the chicken in whatever fashion you desire. Pan frying and baking work well. You can also bread the chicken, fry it, add more teriyaki sauce and bake it for a few minutes.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Step 6

Heat the remaining teriyaki sauce on medium-low heat for a few minutes to let it thicken. Pour the thickened teriyaki sauce over the cooked chicken.

How to Make Teriyaki Chicken
How to Make Teriyaki Chicken (Image: Lark Gillespie)

Tips & Warnings

  • Add some flavor to your teriyaki sauce by adding a little ginger, garlic, black pepper, Asian spice, honey or about anything else you can find in your spice rack.
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